|'Hope for Humanity'|
People treat plants like pets! Of course! ProfessorRoush treats plants like pets! I nurture them, I feed them, and I water them; I'm thrilled when they grow and perform well and I'm disappointed when they crap in their beds. An epiphany, like so many others, right before my eyes the entire time. Here I am, veterinarian and gardener for a lifetime, and I've never realized that so, so many of my plants are pets. The rose, 'Hope for Humanity', pictured above and at left, blooming so perfectly red and bountiful, is a favorite of my treasured plant pets. So is the 'Blizzard' mockorange below, covered in white and perfuming the garden. And the fringed and crazy 'Pink Spritzer' peony, a wild Klehm creation, seen at the feet of the mockorange and in the closeup at the bottom of this blog. Inside the house, a collection of different Schlumbergera and a few pet orchids make up the indoor garden.
Plants as pets. Gardens as menageries. Maybe not so socially-conscious, but satisfying and educational at every turn. That's my style.